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Smaller Metros Take Over the Top 10 Cities for Young Professionals

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Smaller Metros Take Over the Top 10 Cities for Young Professionals

Move aside NYC—these downsized metros are attracting larger crowds of young professionals


January 14, 2022
Madison, Wisconsin
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Young professionals are moving in droves as remote work becomes increasingly prevalent in a post-pandemic job market, and metros with high scores for demographics, economics and recreation are seeing the largest share of new arrivals. Though some major cities like Boston and San Francisco have always attracted a younger crowd, smaller metros like Madison, Wisconsin, are also growing in popularity.

Migrating young workers are seeking out areas with strong local economies, recreational activities, and low rent-to-income ratios, according to CNBC. With the highest national scores for community amenities and economic growth, Seattle tops the list of the 10 cities for young professionals looking to relocate.

The coronavirus pandemic has driven people to and from major cities, forced many to work from home and prompted yet others to reconsider their life goals.

For some, that may mean moving to a new city.

In deciding where to live next, there are certain things that young professionals should consider, according to Brian Carberry, senior managing editor of Rent.com. These include things such as demographics, job opportunities, availability of activities outside of work and how much of your income will go towards rent.

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